Welcoming the Stranger

The other day, our intern, Rich Meyer, and I participated in a national media conference, via telephone, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The topic: immigration legislation. There is currently an overhaul of US immigration law being proposed, one that will wend its way through Congress in the...

Rated Double X

This week in one of our planning meetings for St. Anthony Messenger magazine, we engaged in an interesting discussion about gender roles, stemming from a mention of the recent Steubenville rape case. Gender has been in the news a lot lately, as Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg promotes (and defends) her...

Jury Duty

I have jury duty this week and next. When I received the summons to report for jury duty I groaned, but I also felt obliged to serve. Such service is demanded by the state for the common good of our society. Being called for jury duty reminds me of the fact that rights and duties are linked. As the Catholic...

Stupor Bowl

I think I used to like football. Until about 7 o’clock Sunday night. I got past the weeks of pre-game build-up, past the hours of pre-game talk. I got past the “sports commentators” saying things like (and I had the closed captioning on to make sure I was getting this right) “a guy...

Free to Do His Will

I have been spending a lot of time while trying to fall asleep at night wondering about hypocrisies—not just other people’s, but especially from myself. I recently rediscovered the transcript of a sermon given back in 1993 from the late Bishop Carl Moeddel, while he was then pastor at my parish of St....

What Makes a Friend?

What exactly makes a friend a friend? We know being connected via Facebook doesn’t mean someone is truly your friend. But I’m starting to believe that things we encounter on Facebook, and other social media outlets, might be more telling than we’d like to think. The 2012 US election cycle...

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